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On the heels of their latest announcement, we had a chance to talk with Brian Reed of Boxtone who showed off the new mobile service management options for BES 10. Boxtone manages deployment of thousands of BlackBerry devices for various companies and have amazing tools for admins.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 supports secure instant messaging and collaboration with Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office Communications Server and IBM Lotus Sametime
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 14, 2013) - BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today unveiled BlackBerry® Enterprise Instant Messaging (Enterprise IM) 3.0, a free update of the company's enterprise instant messaging solution, enabling customers with BlackBerry® 10 smartphones to securely communicate over Microsoft® Lync®, Microsoft® Office Communication Server or IBM® Lotus® Sametime®.
BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, BlackBerry's multi-platform enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, and BlackBerry 10 smartphones to protect Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office Communication Server or IBM Lotus Sametime communications by encrypting data from end-to-end. It optimizes communications and collaboration allowing enterprise customers to be more productive while mobile. The client app supports presence, real-time one-to-one and multi-party instant messaging, the ability for a user to update their profile and change their status, as well as to instantly switch from a text chat to a voice call. Messages are integrated within the BlackBerry® Hub for convenience, and the solution supports the separation of enterprise IMs from personal apps and content with BlackBerry® Balance™.Continue Reading →
Following up on the news that ISEC7 would be helping with the BlackBerry 10 Readiness Services, BlackBerry and GEMA (Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance) have joined up to offer the services as well.
Under the agreement, GEMA will be offering BlackBerry Change Management and Planning with Remote Installation Service to customers who need assistance in planning and executing the transition to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. As it stands, GEMA is handling over 150 customers right now with over 30 installations of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 already having been completed.
On a separate but related note, GEMA Member, Vox Mobile will be at BlackBery Live in Orlando and holding an executive roundtable. If you're interested in attending or learning more, you can find those details here.Continue Reading →
Some great news for BlackBerry today came via the U.S. Department of Defense. After having put the devices through testing, the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 along with the BlackBerry PlayBook, have all been approved for use on the U.S. Department of Defense networks when coupled with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10.
"The U.S. Department of Defense's strict security requirements are amongst the highest in the world, and this allows other government bodies to follow suit. The role of BlackBerry including devices and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 continues to be important and relevant for security conscious organizations."
Earlier this year, you may remember BlackBerry 10 became FIPS certified before it had even publicly launched, so the news of approval by the DoD might not be all that surprising to some. In any case, it's another nod to the security BlackBerry continues to offer built right into their devices. If you're looking for the full press release, you can jump below to view it.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry announced that they have teamed up with ISEC7 to offer BlackBerry Readiness Services to customers for BlackBerry 10. ISEC7 will offer various services including Change Management and Planning with Migration Services, Change Management and Planning with Remote Installation, and BlackBerry 10 Application Development Services.Continue Reading →
A new app simply called IT Manager has been released for BlackBerry Server administrators. The app allows admins to manage their BES on the go right from their BlackBerry devices. IT Manager can be downloaded now from BlackBerry World and supports the BlackBerry Z10, Q10, Bold, Curve and Torch devices.Continue Reading →
The BlackBerry Experience Forum events are happening around the world offering a hands on with BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and partner demos.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry has recently issued a warning that enterprise servers could be remotely accessed when they process images in a TIFF format. Attackers would need to craft a specific web page and get someone with sufficient privileges to click on a link to that page on their BlackBerry. Alternatively, they could send an e-mail or an instant message with this image, and they wouldn't even have to answer it in order for the exploit to work. Here's a snippet from the recently-released knowledge base article...Continue Reading →
If you work in the Enterprise sector then you know the days work issued devices are slowly dwindling away. BYOD is taking over and now more than ever it's important that Enterprises have a solution to handle all devices their employees are using. Some have moved away from services like BES or are looking to better integrate them and as such have adopted solutions like MobileIron that allow for multi-device management. Knowing this and wanting to offer their customers best in class, MobileIron has now announced support for BlackBerry 10Continue Reading →
It’s widely known that BlackBerry has offered the best in class handheld corporate security on their handheld devices, but today that is changing. At the BlackBerry Enterprise Forum for BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry introduced the workspace feature found on the Blackberry 10 platform for iOS and Android.Continue Reading →
Research In Motion has announced the availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10), just in time for the January 30th BlackBerry 10 launch event. On the enterprise side of the BlackBerry business, this is the most important product launch for the company this year.
BES 10 is BlackBerry's evolved Enterprise Mobile Management solution, which now extends beyond managing BlackBerry. In addition to supporting BlackBerry OS devices, the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 phones, BES 10 also supports device and enterprise application management for iOS and Android. Ultimately, BES 10 is the counterpart required to enable enterprise-specific BlackBerry World and Balance on upcoming BB10 devices.
RIM has been piloting BES 10 in many big enterprises, and the feedback has been extremely postive, as noted in the full press release below. The recently-announced trade-up program RIM recently announced is also important to highlight. Companies upgrading to BlackBerry 10 in 2013 will be able to trade in their current BES licenses for BES 10 ones at no charge. Keep reading for full details!Continue Reading →
Over he past few months we've seen BlackBerry employees traveling the world to show and tell folks about BlackBerry 10. Now, with the launch event happening on January 30th, there are no signs of that slowing down.
In fact, all of that was just the beginning really especially for those in the Enterprise sector. The BlackBerry 10 Experience Forum kicks off in February starting in Toronto and will cater to those looking to know more about how BlackBerry 10 can fit into their business portfolio.Continue Reading →
RIM has announced today the availability of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 update with support for Novell Groupwise. The update includes support for BlackBerry Balance as well as BlackBerry Mobile Fusion compatibility. Service Pack 4 will allow you to easily upgrade from Enterprise Server to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 with the launch of BlackBerry 10.Continue Reading →
It was only last week after attending the BlackBerry 10 Jam Enterprise Edition that I put across my thoughts on where RIM currently stands and what I think the future holds for them in the workplace. Just a few days later RIM released a statement detailing the results of a year long study by Strategy Analytics which goes to show that not only is BlackBerry still the most secure smartphone platform, but it is also the most cost effective. In fact - managing non-BlackBerry devices using a ‘Walled Garden' approach is 39% more expensive.
It looks like my BlackBerry 10 Enterprise thoughts may well come true. The haters will still hate and I'm sure many of the newspapers and other media outlets will find negativity in the announcement, but from where I'm sitting it all looks good. Roll on Q1.
You can catch the full press release, along with some interesting charts, below.Continue Reading →
Earlier this week I spent the day at the BlackBerry 10 Jam Enterprise Edition that took place in London, UK. I will be totally honest with you and say that my knowledge of BES is pretty much zero, but I'm not one to miss out on a BlackBerry event because as well as learning new stuff there are always interesting people to meet and chat with. Chris did a great post after he attended the event in Toronto as well.
I attended the first BB10 Jam in London some months ago and that was a larger event than this one although the Enterprise Edition did sell out. I'm not sure on numbers but I would take a guess at there being between 80-100 people who attended. Clearly the majority of these folk were developers and already work within the Enterprise market. What I did find impressive though was that about 15- 20% of the people at the event had not developed for BlackBerry before, so all the hard work that RIM has been putting into the dev support must be paying off. Mind you, with BlackBerry 10 (or what RIM has shown us so far) looking so good you can't blame developers from other OS's being interested.Continue Reading →
Strategy Analytics, who recently made headlines with the news of smartphones in use globally crossing 1 billion for the first time in the third quarter, has now released a new report comissioned by RIM wherein they found over the course of a year long study that the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution not only provides the most secure mobile platform but also the lowest total cost of ownership for mobile deployments.
“This study highlights that the cost of setting up and managing devices using a ‘Walled Garden’ architecture is more expensive than using BlackBerry Enterprise Server with BlackBerry smartphones,” said Andrew Brown, Director of Enterprise Research at Strategy Analytics. “When looking to define a cost-efficient, long-term enterprise mobility strategy, we would caution all organisations across both the public and private sectors to look at the total cost of supporting multiple devices with multiple operating systems over several years.”
Overall, the research shows that companies making use of non-BlackBerry smartphones that are managed using an MDM solution and offered VPN access cost 39% more than a BlackBerry Enterprise Server deployment and over time, that percentage of cost is only expected to rise.
As noted, cost wasn't the only thing looked at in the study either. Security of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution was put to the test using a set of eleven key threats as a framework. It was found that the BlackBerry solution proved the most secure, scoring a low-threat level in ten of the eleven categories. Want to check out the full report yourself? You can download it from here (PDF) while the full press release can be viewed below.Continue Reading →
Thanks to some new research it would seem that RIM's market presence for the UK business sector is not quite as bad as it is perceived. Many people are under the impression that it's just youngsters and teenagers in Great Britain using BlackBerry and these latest findings certainly go to disprove that theory. The research, which involved 600 businesses, was to establish what percentage of companies were supplying smartphones to staff. As expected, findings were pretty high with 71% of businesses saying that they did make them available to some staff members. Where things get interesting though is when businesses were asked about the smartphones that were on offer to employees. BlackBerry is holding the number one spot with 61% of respondents saying that they offer them to staff. These figures are considerably higher than the competition. 38% of businesses offer the Apple iPhone and Android is only 30%. Windows Phone comes trailing in at the rear with just 15%.Continue Reading →
Want to know what does the switch to ActiveSync mean for enterprise users? Read on.Continue Reading →
If you've been following RIM news for a while, you'll know over the past four years there has been a bit of a security struggle for RIM with India. The Indian government has on numerous occasions requested the encryption keys for BlackBerry services such as corporate emails and BlackBerry Messenger. For their part, RIM has stated on just as many occasions that they do not possess any master key nor does any backdoor exist in the system that would allow RIM or any third party to gain unauthorized access to corporate data.
The only people capable of such access are the corporate customers in control of the accounts in question, therefore, any Indian government agency requiring lawful access would need to request it from the corporate customers themselves and not RIM directly. With threats coming from India that they would shut down BlackBerry services if a solution was not met, RIM agreed to set up BlackBerry servers in Mumbai that met enough compliance with the Indian government that they were able to continue operations but as always though there was NO access to BES services.Continue Reading →
While some companies may be moving away from corporate BlackBerry devices, and RIM has released applications for Android and iOS , the US Government has decided that BlackBerry is still their top choice. RIM's focus has been, and likely always will be having a secure platform in which the users data is extremely safe. While the US Government has allowed some users to go with Android or iOS, they still support 12,000 BlackBerry users, and that is what they prefer.Continue Reading →
Listen to the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Webcast
Earlier today we posted the RIM press release announcing BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. They just wrapped up a webinar which gave more details about this coming service, but the question many have is just what is BlackBerry Mobile Fusion?
The simplest answer is that Mobile Fusion is a Mobile Device Management(MDM) platform that fuses the deployment and management of multiple device platforms to on console. It should be said that this is nothing new and there are many MDM options out there, but for my it's exciting because with the Fusion announcement we have a better look at how the PlayBook and BBX devices will be handled at the corporate enterprise level.Continue Reading →